8 January Movies to Help You Start Off 2020 Right

'Dolittle' starring Robert Downey Jr.

2020 is off to a great start, with many exciting films to kick off the New Year. January is particularly rife with stories about the supernatural, with three titles promising to make your hair stand on end. But there is something for everyone: from family films to adult comedy, from stories aimed at teens, to intense action films with thrilling twists and turns, here are ten films you won’t want to miss this month.

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The Grudge
Release Date: Jan. 3

A reboot of the 2004 American remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge, this installment of the franchise takes us into a nightmare of a haunted house wherein anyone who crosses the threshold is cursed with a horrific death. Guaranteed to keep your heart racing and your nerves jumping, this supernatural thriller stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver.

Like A Boss
Release Date: Jan. 9

For those looking for a film that will keep them laughing this January, check-out Like A Boss starring Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne. When a pair of friends decide to go into business for themselves, the polar opposite duo – one practical, the other extravagant – must learn how to survive in the competitive industry of peddling beauty products. Ultimately, the pair must be on the same page to save their business when a cosmetics mogul gains the controlling share of their company.

Release Date: Jan. 17

The Dr. Dolittle film franchise has been around for decades, with Rex Harrison playing the titular veterinarian who “talks to the animals” (and they talk back) in 1967, and Eddie Murphy in 1998. Now, Robert Downey, Jr. will play the “Doc” in a new adventure Dolittle that takes him to a mythical island. A Hollywood “Who’s Who” provide the voices of Doolittle’s menagerie, including Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland and Selena Gomez (to name a few). Dolittle is a great outing for the whole family.

The Gentlemen
Release Date: Jan. 24, 2020

One of the starrier offerings to kick off 2020, The Gentlemen is a thrill ride of bribery, blackmail and moneymaking schemes as they pertain to London’s marijuana trade. When Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) announces he wants to get out of the business, several hopefuls try to step up in an effort fill the void and abscond with his empire. Also in the cast are Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.

The Last Full Measure
Release Date: Jan. 24

A film that celebrates the true story of Vietnam vet William H. Pitsenbarger, The Last Full Measure is a harrowing look at how this hero, a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen, saved over 60 soldiers on an April 11, 1966 mission. The film takes us back and forth between the battle itself and the investigation 32 years later into why Pitsenbarger hadn’t been awarded a Medal of Honor. The Last Full Measure stars Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Irvine and Peter Fonda.

The Turning
Release Date: Jan. 24

A contemporary telling of the classic Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw, The Turning takes us to the Maine countryside, where a nanny is employed to care for two emotionally disturbed orphans. As she settles in at her new job, the nanny soon learns that neither the estate where she now lives, nor the children in her charge, are what they seem. Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, and Brooklynn Prince star in this supernatural thriller.

Gretel & Hansel
Release Date: Jan. 31

This incarnation of the classic Grimm fairytale takes the horrific to chilling new levels. Sophia Lillis, who dazzled audiences in the horror film IT and its sequel, stars as Gretel, a teen girl living in the countryside, who takes her little brother into an enchanted wood looking for food. There they encounter unfathomable evil waiting for them amidst the twisted and gnarled trees. Kidnapped by the sinister witch Holda, Gretel and Hansel must fight for their lives.

The Rhythm Section
Release Date: Jan. 31

For those who like the twists and turns of a thriller, The Rhythm Section will definitely be a film you’ll want to check out this January. Blake Lively stars as Stephanie Patrick, a woman who goes in search of answers to the questions surrounding a mysterious plane crash that killed her entire family. When she learns that it was no accident, she goes undercover, assuming the identity of an assassin, in order to get to the bottom of this tragedy. The Rhythm Section also stars Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown and Max Casella.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, was released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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Celebrate 50 Years of The Doobie Brothers – Save over 50%!

One of the country’s most iconic rock bands is hitting the road in celebration of their 50th anniversary in 2020 – and now’s your chance to see them live! The Doobie Brothers have been turning out hits like “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove” and “Black Water” since they formed in 1970. Now they are getting back together for a series of very special shows in 2020. TicketsatWork has the best seats in the house for this renowned rock group as they play Sin City and crisscross North America from Florida to Los Angeles.

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Starting in February 2020, the Doobies will kick off an eight-night run at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Then in June 2020, for the first time in 25 years, the band will be reuniting with their legendary lead singer Michael McDonald. This North American tour – celebrating five decades together – will feature four of the main band members in The Doobie Brothers including Tom Johnston (singer and guitarist), Patrick Simmons (singer and guitarist) and John McFee (multi-instrumentalist) alongside singer-keyboardist McDonald.

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10 December Movies You Don’t Want to Miss

Joy to the World! December is here, as well as plenty of holiday fun to be found at the movies. There are all kinds of options for families and film buffs this month, so grab you popcorn and Raisinettes, settle into your seat, and enjoy some of these flicks that you won’t want to miss.

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The Aeronauts


Release Date: Dec. 6
Writer Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, A Christmas Carol) teams up with director Tom Harper to tell the harrowing tale of daredevil pilot Amelia Wren and weather scientist James Glaisher as they fight to stay alive while making scientific strides in a hot air balloon. The film, which premiered in Great Britain in November, stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne.

Playmobil: The Movie


Release Date: Dec. 6
Here is one for the kids, about an orphaned girl named Marla who goes on a journey to the animated world of Playmobil in an attempt to find her missing brother Charlie. Inspired by the popular German building toy (similar to LEGOs), Marla and Charlie find themselves on an adventure of a lifetime that includes fighting pirates, Viking battles and interacting with dinosaurs. The voice talent for the film includes Jim Gaffigan, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson and Daniel Radcliffe.

Black Christmas


Release Date: Dec. 13
Few things seem so at odds as a slasher film and Christmas, and yet, for horror buffs, this sub-genre has its champions. Black Christmas takes us to Hawthorne College during the holidays. A serial killer is on the loose, and his targets are the girls in a campus sorority. Instead of becoming victims, the young women take matters into their own hands and the hunter soon becomes the hunted. Directed by Sophia Takai, Black Christmas is guaranteed to inspire some yuletide terror.



Release Date: Dec. 13
A starry cast including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow bring to life the compelling true story of FOX News employees who expose the network’s CEO Roger Ailes with allegations of sexual harassment. Among those who came forward include commentators Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson. Bombshell is directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Mystery, Alaska).

A Hidden Life


Release Date: Dec. 13
The historical drama A Hidden Life, written and directed by Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line), tells the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. A story of a heroic man who chose death over being a part of the sinister regime, A Hidden Life should prove an inspiring story about the difficult choice to do what is right, no matter the sacrifice.

Jumanji – The Next Level


Release Date: Dec. 13
The classic board game Jumanji, based on the popular Chris Van Allsburg children’s book, is brought to life in Jumanji – The Next Level. A follow-up to the 2017 hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Spencer and his friends are (once again) sucked into the video game version of Jumanji, taking the form of avatars as they work their way out of the animal-filled world. Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Danny Glover and Nick Jonas star.



Release Date: Dec. 20
The film adaptation of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats takes audiences into the world of singing, dancing felines, each sharing their stories in an attempt to be the chosen kitty who will be given a new Jellicle life. With a cast that includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Ian Mckellen and Jennifer Hudson, the film is helmed by director Tom Hooper (The King’s SpeechLes Miserables). The haunting score includes the showtune classic “Memory” as well as a bevy of other beloved stage classics.

Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker


Release Date: Dec. 20
A new Star Wars film is always an exciting event for movie lovers. The latest installment in the Star Wars saga, and the final film of the latest trilogy under Disney, The Rise of Skywalker is easily one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2019. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are back, along with original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams. Moviegoers will likely be on the edge of their seats to find out the answers to a parade of unanswered questions, and to see if the Resistance finally wins out over the First Order.

Little Women

Release Date: Dec. 25
The latest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women comes to the big screen on Christmas Day. The story of the four March girls, and the love and humor they share as they grow into adulthood, is a time-honored classic. For this incarnation, an all-star cast, including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep has been assembled, adding a special magic to this beloved tale.

Spies in Disguise

Release Date: Dec. 25
Finally, another entry aimed at the younger crowd, Spies in Disguise is an animated spy film featuring the voice talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland. A super-spy named Lance and the scientist named Beckett (upon whom he relies for gadgets) find their world turned upside down. Lance accidentally ingests one of Beckett’s experiments, turning him into a pigeon. How can he continue to save the world from the dastardly Tristan McFord now that he is a bird? Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Reba McEntire also lend their voices to this action-comedy.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.